PEDS or PICU?!? - page 2

Hey everyone! I am having the hardest time deciding whether I should go onto Peds floor, PICU or somewhere else when I graduate. In some ways I feel that I would never be able to handle the... Read More

  1. by   VgsNrs
    Thank you all for your great replies. I really appreciate it!
    -Erin
  2. by   youngRNstudent
    I am going to have to go "against the grain" on this one...

    This is basically "do you have to have 1 year med surg experience before you do a specialty" type of thread

    I think if you are VERY interested in critical care, and you really really want to do it, then DO IT!!! There are tons of hospitals w/excellent new grad programs, that you can definately succeed in. However, it seems that you may not be confident in your ability to start as an entry level RN in an ICU setting, which in that case you should start on the peds general floor.

    If you are really concerned about being able to succeed in a critical care area, then do general peds. On the other hand, if you are like me and really thirst for an ICU setting, then go for it! Just be sure to find an orientation program that will support you.

    I will be starting in the PICU at a teaching hospital in January as a new grad. They have a 3-4 month orientation program and will not let "go of your hand" until you are READY. This is crucial, especially in critical care.

    I am very excited! Hopefully by the time you finish nursing school, you will know where you would feel most comfortable starting out. GOOD LUCK!!!!!

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